LIBERTY — Over two dozen participants enjoyed a nearly perfect day Sunday, Oct. 16, at Lori’s Café on Route 3 to raise money for Belfast Area High School student Pete Lovejoy.

Pete is a student and accomplished athlete at Belfast Area High School. He was diagnosed in February with a rare form of liver disease called Hepatocellular Carcinoma. He has had five months of chemotherapy at Northern Light in Brewer and is currently receiving immunotherapy at Dana Farber Cancer Institute in Boston.

Joy to Be Bald participants had the option to purchase a variety of baked goods and homemade wares in the morning and then over two dozen of those in attendance participated in a walk-a-thon that began at 1 p.m. at the café.

Over two dozen people step off in the Joy to Be Bald walk-a-thon Oct. 16 at Lori’s Café in Liberty. Photo by William Carroll

At 2 p.m. Joe Frost made the sacrifice to have his head and beard shaved to help support Pete, with Nicole Cleaves of Liberty Beauty Bar doing the honors.

Nicole Cleaves of Liberty Beauty Bar puts finishing touches on Joe Frost, who volunteered to have his head and beard shaved as part of the Joy to Be Bald fundraiser Oct. 16. Photo by William Carroll

Event organizers said the fundraiser was a big success.

Joy to Be Bald is now in its 13th year. The campaign began in 2010 on a dare between Café owner Lori Mayer and a patron, who offered to donate money to a mutual friend if Mayer agreed to shave her head. It has grown into an annual event to offer financial assistance to local people battling cancer.

The event still bears the name of the original recipient and dear friend, Joy Mehuren, who succumbed to lung cancer in 2011.